News: Join the Australian Volunteers Program, Volunteer Soils Agronomist in Lao PDR, January 2019

Call for Expressions of Interest

Volunteer Soils Agronomist – Savannakhet, Lao PDR
May 2019 to May 2020

The Crawford Fund in association with the Australian Volunteers Program are calling for expressions of interest for a Soils Agronomist as part of the Crawford Fund Capacity Building Program in Lao PDR. The Crawford Fund has been working in partnership with the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry since 2009. The volunteer will be assigned to the Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office (PAFO) in Savannakhet. The aims are to: a) identify the distribution of soil acidity in rain-fed production districts, and b) demonstrate the impact of liming and fertiliser on rice yields. This will increase small-holder farmer knowledge and understanding of the benefits of liming and fertiliser in rice-based crop rotations.

The Australian Volunteers Program is an Australian Government initiative that supports Australians to contribute to sustainable development across our region. Volunteers are supported with return airfares, visas, living allowances, training and more. The program has partnered with the Crawford Fund to support its work in Lao PDR.

The volunteer will be supported by the Australian Volunteers Program in-country team, Crawford mentors, and other Australian and Canadian volunteers. The Crawford Fund will provide technical and scientific support both through in-country visits and online forums. The Crawford Fund also provides some financial support for laboratory and field work, and extension activities, as appropriate.

This is a challenging assignment for an individual wishing to enhance their professional development while contributing to rural development in the Lao PDR. If you are interested in this assignment please send an Expression of Interest (up to one page) and a CV to Dr Deirdre Lemerle, deirdre.lemerle@gmail.com by 25 January 2019. Phone enquiries to 0419816267.

Minimum Qualification: Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, U/G Degree in Agriculture, or equivalent qualification, and experience in crop production systems.